Working through it

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I have just joined this site and I have an ancestry tree with over 600 people. I am trying to build my tree up on this site but the compare feature is not giving me a lot of help
in The Tree House by Patricia Smith G2G1 (1.8k points)
Are you talking about a gedcom upload?
Yes I am

relevant Help pages:

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:GEDCOM

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:GEDCOMpare

Can you be more specific as to what you mean by "the compare feature is not giving me a lot of help" - are you not finding matches; are you finding too many matches; are you just overwhelmed by the seemingly endless matching; etc.?

Think I may just be a little overwhelmed. Lots of compares that don't match, but it is getting better. Thanks for your help!!!

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Best answer
Welcome to WikiTree, Patricia! It's nice to meet you.

Please don't despair -- the learning curve is a little steep here, but if you keep at it you'll get it.  And it helps to know that there are many folks here who will be happy to help you along the way.  Never hesitate to ask questions or for help.  The more specific your questions are, the better help you'll get.  And there's a big plus -- you'll also probably make a number of friends.

I wish you the best and hope you have fun.
by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (857k points)
selected by Patricia Smith
Thank you, Patricia, for the star! It's appreciated.
+4 votes
I see you've found some connections, I would guess you're doing things correctly.  You can also look at all people with a certain surname, and then sort them by birth, or alphabetically on first name, etc.  This could be made more robust (search only within certain years, etc), but that's what it is.

Not all branches will connect directly to the global family tree, there's definitely a lot of lineages that haven't been entered yet.  Especially outside the English-speaking countries.
by Rob Neff G2G6 Mach 5 (56.1k points)

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